Recent Alumnus 2012-08-03T17:24:57Z
They're Available but Laptops Are More Common – You can find a computer in the library but it's easier just to use your own laptop. The wireless internet it great and so is the wireless printing! I love it so much and you can print from your own laptop to their printers for free.
Recent Alumnus 2012-08-03T17:08:06Z
Great Connections and Opportunties – I really love the Communication Studies Department at UNCW for several reasons. I keep trying to figure out who my favorite professor is but I honestly have had so many that I absolutely love and make me excited to go to class everyday. In fact, I haven't had a professor I didn't like or appreciate yet. The work load is challenging especially in the core classes because they may not be things you are particularly excited about, but I found once I picked my area of focus, Public Relations, I really enjoyed my classes and the course work because I was doing what I loved. I have traveled abroad twice through UNCW and been able to take Communication classes that transferred back so that not only did I get to travel and experience another country, but I could studying Communication from a different point of view which I think is really important. Through the major I also go to have an internship with the UNCW Marketing and Communications Department which put what I learned in the classroom into action! I loved it!
College Senior 2012-08-03T02:20:02Z
Almost every time that I go into the computer lab I can find an open computer to use. During exam times it is a bit harder to find an open computer but there are laptops you can rent if you don't want to bring yours and the wifi always works well and I have not had a problem with it.
College Senior 2012-08-03T02:15:18Z
Always Willing to Help – All of the professors that I have had at UNCW have been really encouraging and supportive. They are always there to help you and push to become the best you can be. They are very flexible with their office hours and if there isn't a time that you can meet with them, often they will schedule a time to meet you around your schedule.
College Senior 2012-08-03T02:12:36Z
Global University – UNCW is all about global awareness and encourages diversity on campus. We have several campus organizations for people of different ethnicities and religions so there is always something to belong to. There is also a lot of international students who come to UNCW to complete their degrees so there is cool different people to meet.
College Senior 2012-08-03T02:07:38Z
The sunny warm weather that we receive puts all of the students on campus in a great mood as they go to class. Also when the weather is really nice out some teachers allow us to have class outside.The winters are mild here which is always nice knowing that you won't be absolutely freezing walking to class.
College Junior 2012-07-31T21:29:22Z
Not Huge, but Still Present – Greek life at UNCW is not huge, but they definitely have a presence on campus. They do not have houses on campus, but some do have suites that greeks can live in. About twelve percent of the student body is involved in greek life, so it's there if you want to participate, but you don't feel pressured to rush if you don't want to.
College Junior 2012-07-31T21:22:59Z
During the first two weeks of school at the end of august it is very hot, but for the rest of the year the weather is very mild and comfortable. I was wearing flip flops in January this year. Make sure to bring a rain jacket, and/or umbrella, it tends to randomly downpour.
College Junior 2012-07-31T21:18:13Z
Upperclassman Housing Is Really Nice and Convenient – Campus housing varies greatly from building to building, it all depends on which dorm you get placed into. Cornerstone is the nicest freshman dorm on campus, it is only around ten years old with spacious rooms and newer facilities. The upperclassman housing are all very nice and fairly new. They all have pools that are available for use as well.
College Junior 2012-07-31T21:07:26Z
I Love UNCW – UNCW has been such a great college experience so far, and I'm very excited to spend the next three years here. I have been so impressed with how much the university cares about their students. The advisors are incredibly helpful, the student services make it easy to never leave campus, and the student body is so friendly. The only thing I feel like I miss out on by going to UNCW are football games, but we do have an awesome basketball team and homecoming is a blast. Not only is the university top notch, but the city itself is a great place to be. With a beautiful historic downtown, and some of the best beaches in the world only ten minutes away from campus, you will never be bored while you're in school at UNCW.
Recent Alumnus 2012-07-29T15:17:12Z
It is very humid and hot throughout the summer months into the fall. It says warm up until December but then gets colder until March. It rains a lot during hurricane season.
Recent Alumnus 2012-07-29T15:12:33Z
UNCW '12 – Wilmington is a great city with lots to offer. Not only is there historic downtown Wilmington but Wrightsville Beach is located just 10 minutes down the road from UNCW's campus. The campus itself is its own community and has many clubs and activities for everyone.
College Senior 2012-07-28T03:35:54Z
Not Bad – I've seen the freshman dorms and upperclassman. Nothing wrong with the freshman dorms, but the upperclassman dorms are BOSS! SO nice! It's like living in a private community.
College Senior 2012-07-28T03:32:29Z
So Beautiful! I worked 2 yrs to transfer here and I've not been happier! The campus life is so alive and everyone is friendly. It would hard to NOT fit in here.
College Senior 2012-07-28T03:26:15Z
It's Alright – You can't have a car if you live within a mile of the school so that does reduce a lot of traffic, but there isn't a ton of parking on the campus. Also, it's not really close to all the main building either. But it's not a far walk or anything. So it's not too much of a headache.
College Senior 2012-07-24T19:30:48Z
Application Process Is Simple – The process of applying for the Creative Writing Department is simple. You are required to fill out a one page application, complete the pre-requisite course for your focus (Fiction, Creative Nonfiction, or Poetry) with a B or higher, and submit a portfolio in your focus. This process is very cut and dry, however, it is very competitive as well. The portfolios are reviewed anonymously, meaning your name is not on them when the reviewers see them. This is great because you are admitted strictly on your talent and skill as a writer. I applied September of my second year at UNCW and was accepted. You have the choice of applying in September or January of each year, so if you are not accepted the first time, you have to chance to improve your portfolio and apply again in the same year.
College Senior 2012-07-21T06:49:25Z
The on Campus Wifi Is Pretty Iffy – The wifi on campus can be tempermental. There will be random "outages", and most of the time it's at the worst times (aka - in the middle of you taking an online test!). It's always smart to make sure you have the ethernet cable plugged in when doing a major assignment/test online in your room. Ironically, during these outages, TAC will send emails out saying they are working to fix the problem as soon as possible........but you can't read those emails when you don't have internet access haha.
Personally, I think the use of a personal computer is important. But that is depending on your major. I am an English major and Creative Writing minor, so writing papers is a big priority for me and I am always on my laptop. Each student is allowed $8 of iprint dollars at the beginning of each semester. So once that money runs out, you can use Seahawk Bucks for the printers or you rely on your own printer. I bought a really cheap 20$ printer at Wal-Mart that does the job for me when I'm out of iprint dollars. If you do rely on the printers on campus/library I would suggest you not wait until the last minute - because that is usually when something bad happens technically with the printers/ school computers.
Besides the occassional wifi issues, campus internet is pretty good. And the library seems to have a lot of laptops for people to check out if needed.
College Senior 2012-07-21T06:39:09Z
English - Literary Studies Major; Creative Writing Minor. Sadly, there is no more Creative Writing minor option being offered. But I am a proud English Literary Studies major. I came into UNCW declaring some sort of Business major (being an avid and successful English student in high school - but choosing Business because it was more versatile and seemed the more successful choice).
My AP credits from high school exempted me from having to take any English credits at all. But I was in a learning community my freshman year that included a 290 English class. I LOVED the class and took another English class my spring semester just for fun. That solidified my decision to declare English. My advisor was more than helpful to me and made me realize that teaching is not the ONLY option for an English major. I can still dabble into the Business world if I decide to do that, because the skills you learn as an English major are just as marketable to many other professions. Don't be afraid to do something that YOU love to do - break away from what your parents try to push you to do, or what your friends are doing. It will be the greatest decision of your life. Ultimately, you are the one having to spend those hours in the classroom, writing those papers, reading the books, studying for and taking those tests. Spend your four years at college enjoying what you are learning. :)
College Senior 2012-07-21T06:22:27Z
Greeks Are EVERYWHERE – I am not in the Greek system, but it's hard to not be bombarded with it everywhere you go. Especially during the recruiting seasons, Greek members are all over campus advertising and socializing. Though I am not involved in the Greek system, the majority of people I know or lived with have rushed or joined. My opinion on them is kind of 50/50. Most of the Greeks in my classes are extremely clique-y/save seats for each other, only talk to one another, paint their nails in class and display their letters 24/7 on anything and everything. But then I have met a handful of girls who are down to earth and who you would never expect to be in a sorority.
But...I also know a lot of great people who have nothing to do with the Greek system - so if you're like me and don't need to pay for friends/don't care for the superficial and stuff, then don't fear, they are plenty of normal/non greekers around
Recent Alumnus 2012-07-16T23:35:35Z
Expanding With a Theme – UNCW as a university has recently taken on the initiative of exanding current, renovating the old, and building new buildings on campus. The following aspects are commonalitites between the old and the new:
1) georgian architecture
2) environmentaly freindly (some buildings are LEED certified)
3) student and community approved (months of interviews and surveys are preformed to get the opnion of the studnet body and even the surrounding community)
Our on campus housing has been voted best in the south east. We have many students that decide to live on campus all four years because the apts are comparable or better than that of surrounding wilmington...out door pools, cafes, market places, full sized appliences, full beds etc.
Recent Alumnus 2012-07-16T23:23:01Z
Learning Expereince – The DOS (dean of students) office will provide strict punishment when needed but will also provide insightful feed back to help its students evolve into a person (if the student so chooses) that will make better decisions in the futue. The DOS motto is that "good people can sometimes make poor decisions".
In the dormatories, RA's keep are trained in many differnt sitiuations to be able to enforce campus policy and will do so when the time comes. But they are not 'bad guys' they can actually be the best friends and role models one could ever hope to find.
Recent Alumnus 2012-07-16T23:06:19Z
Let the Students Decide – When it comes to entertainment such as concerts, programs, comedy shows, debates, public speakers etc...it is up to the studnets to decide who or what comes to campus. UNCW makes it very simple to express yourself and have your thoughts heard.
In 2008 there were 110 clubs on campus and in 2012 that number grew to over 225. If you cannot find something of interest that you would like to participate then all you have to do is start your own club with two other people with similar interest...the university will even provide you with funds to get started.
UNCW is a student oriented campus full of programs almost everyday something new to do, see, or learn.
Recent Alumnus 2012-07-13T05:47:57Z
UNCW is a fantastic place to go to college...great weather, near the beach, and great people. It's a huge campus with a lot around do to. There is downtown Wilmington and also the beach bars at night. I was a member of the cross country and track team and it was one of the greatest experiences of my life!
College Junior 2012-07-12T02:23:59Z
Too Expensive, but Average – Unfortunately, it is much cheaper to live off campus than on. That said, it really is best for students to live on campus for their first year in order to network. I have found the living situations on campus to be manageable, but response time for maintenance and consistency was quite disappointing.
College Junior 2012-07-12T02:22:27Z
Health & Safety:
I Have Never Felt Unsafe – There are so many measures taken on campus to prevent violence and emergencies, and to promote safe...well, everything. In the event of an emergency, students are texted, called, and emailed with information. This service is regularly tested. Should a student feel unsafe on campus, there are several call boxes located around campus for students to use in the case of an emergency, OR to ask for an escort back to their residence hall.
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